The SSWSC has established itself on the national stage in alpine skiing. As part of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Project 26, aimed at improving U.S. results at the 2026 Olympics and beyond, there is a renewed focus on the broader developmental pool of athletes training at home with their clubs. The SSWSC is front and center, with over 20% of the development pool and regular trips by SSWSC athletes and coaches with the national teams and development groups. Jordan Simon won the U16 National title and is one of these skiers. Nico Richeda is ranked first in the country for his age in slalom, and seven of the next 12 skiers on that list are his SSWSC teammates. The great news for the alpine programs is how much depth is behind all its skiers in the national development group. From Cooper Puckett winning the skills competition at U16 Nationals on down to SSWSC’s oversized representation in top SkillsQuest scores at the younger ages, the future looks bright. New this season was the addition of a Buddy Werner Team and a return to the Youth Ski League level of competition, creating a path for the new or less serious racers to practice and compete at a level just right for them.